9/01/2007

I hear the Angelus ringing at the monastery...

Thomas Merton made the following entry in his journals on January 31, 1965, his 50th birthday (he had been living full-time in his hermitage since August 15, 1965)
Special Reflection for January 31, 2007
"When I enter my house, I shall find rest with her, for nothing is bitter in her company; when life is shared with her there is no pain, nothing but pleasure and joy (Wisdom 8:16)."
I can imagine no greater cause for gratitude on my fiftieth birthday than that on it I wake up in a hermitage!...Last night, before going to bed, realized what solitude really means: when the ropes are cast off and the skiff is no longer tied to land but heads out to sea without ties, without restraints! Not the sea of passion but, on the contrary, the sea of purity and love that is without care. (..Through the cold and the darkness I hear the Angelus ringing at the monastery.) The beautiful jeweled shining of honey in the lamplight. Festival!


The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living
Robert Toth rtoth@mertoninstitute.org
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